Mark 9

1 Then He said to them,
I assure you: This is a phrase used only by Jesus to testify to the certainty and importance of His words; in Mt, Mk and Lk it is literally Amen, I say to you, and in Jn it is literally Amen, amen, I say to you.
I assure you: b There are some standing here who will not taste death c until they see the kingdom of God come in power.

The Transfiguration

2 After e six days f Jesus took Peter, James, and John g and led them up on a high mountain h by themselves to be alone. He was transformed
Or transfigured
j in front of them,
3 and His clothes k became dazzling – extremely white l as no launderer on earth could whiten m them. 4 Elijah n appeared to them with Moses, o and they were talking with Jesus.

5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “
Rabbi: The Hebrew word Rabbi means my great one; it is used of a recognized teacher of the Scriptures.
Rabbi, q it’s good r for us to be here! Let us make three
tabernacle: Or tent, or shelter, terms used for temporary housing
tabernacles: t one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” –
6 because he did not know what he should say, u since they were terrified. v

7A cloud w appeared, overshadowing x them, and a voice y came from the cloud: z

This is My beloved aa Son; ab
listen to Him! ac

8 Then suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus alone.

9As ad they were coming down from the mountain, ae He ordered them to tell no one what they had seen af until the
Son of Man: The most frequent title Jesus used for Himself; Dn 7:13
Son of Man ah had risen ai from the dead. aj
10They kept this word ak to themselves, discussing what “rising from the deadmeant.

11 Then they began to question Him, “Why do the
scribe(s): A professional group in Judaism that copied the law of Moses and interpreted it, especially in legal cases
scribes am say that Elijah must come first?” an

12 “Elijah does come first and restores ao everything,ap He replied. “How then is it written aq about the Son of Man that He must suffer ar many things and be treated with contempt? as 13 But I tell you that Elijah really has come, and they did whatever they pleased to him, just as it is written at about him.”

The Power of Faith over a Demon

14 When au they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes disputing av with them. 15All of a sudden, when the whole crowd saw Him, they were amazed
Or surprised
and ran to greet Him.
16 Then He asked them, “What are you arguing with them about?

17Out of the crowd, one man answered Him, “Teacher, ax I brought my son to You. He has a spirit ay that makes him unable to speak. az 18 Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I asked Your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t.”

19 He replied to them, “You unbelieving ba generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to Me. 20 So they brought him to Him. When the spirit saw Him, it immediately convulsed the boy. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 21“How long has this been happening to him?” Jesus asked his father.“From childhood,” he said. 22 “And many times it has thrown him into fire or water to destroy bb him. But if You can do anything, have compassion bc on us and help us.”

23 Then Jesus said to him, “‘If You can’?
Other mss add believe
Jesus appears to quote the father’s words in v. 22 and then comment on them.
Everything is possible bf to the one who believes.

24 Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief.”

25When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly coming together, He rebuked bh the
unclean: When something is clean, it is holy or acceptable to God. When it is unclean, it is unholy (such as an unclean spirit). The term can be used in a ritual sense to apply to moral standards for living.
unclean bj spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf bk spirit,
A spirit that caused the boy to be deaf and unable to speak
I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!

26 Then it came out, shrieking and convulsing bm him
Other mss omit him
violently. The boy became like a corpse, so that many said, “He’s dead.”
27 But Jesus, taking him by the hand, raised him, bo and he stood up.

28After He went into a house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

29 And He told them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer bp [and fasting].
Other mss omit bracketed text

The Second Prediction of His Death

30 Then bs they left that place and made their way through Galilee, but He did not want anyone to know it. bt 31 For He was teaching bu His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man bv is being betrayed
Or handed over
into the hands of men. They will kill Him, and after He is killed, He will rise bx three days later.
32 But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him. bz

Who is the Greatest?

33 Then ca they came to Capernaum. cb When He was in the house, cc He asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?cd 34 But they were silent, ce because on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest. cf 35Sitting down, He called the Twelve cg and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of 36 Then He took a child, ci had him stand among them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes
Or Whoever receives
one little child such as this in My name ck welcomes Me. And whoever welcomes Me does not welcome Me, but Him who sent cl Me.

In His Name

38 John cn said to Him, “Teacher, co we saw someone
Other mss add who didn’t go along with us
driving out demons cq in Your name, cr and we tried to stop him because he wasn’t following us.” cs

39 “Don’t stop him,said Jesus, “because there is no one who will perform a miracle ct in My name who can soon afterward speak evil of Me. 40 For whoever is not against us is for us. cu 41 And whoever gives you a cup of water to drink cv because of My name,
Lit drink in the name
since you belong to the
Messiah: Or the Christ; the Greek word Christos means "the anointed one".
Messiah cy – I assure you: cz He will never lose his reward. da

Warnings from Jesus

42 “But whoever
cause the downfall of/ causes to sin: The Greek word skandalizo has a root meaning of "snare" or "trap," but has no real English counterpart.
causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me dc – it would be better for him if a heavy millstone
A millstone turned by a donkey
de were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
43 And if your hand causes your downfall, cut it off. df It is better for you to enter life maimed dg than to have two hands and go to
hell/hellfire: Greek Gehenna; Aramaic for Valley of Hinnom on the south side of Jerusalem; it was formerly a place of human sacrifice and in NT times a place for the burning of garbage; the place of final judgment for those rejecting Christ.
hell – the unquenchable fire, di [

Their worm does not die,

and the fire is not quenched.]
Other mss omit bracketed text
dk , dl

45 And if your foot causes your downfall, dm cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame dn than to have two feet and be thrown into hell – [the unquenchable fire, do 46where

Their worm does not die,

and the fire is not quenched.]
Other mss omit bracketed text
dq , dr

47 And if your eye causes your downfall, gouge it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God ds with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown dt into hell, du 48 where

Their worm does not die,
and the fire is not quenched. dv

49 For everyone will be salted with fire.
Other mss add and every sacrifice will be salted with salt
dx , dy
50 Salt is good, but if the salt should lose its flavor, how can you make it salty? dz Have salt ea among yourselves and be at peace eb with one another.
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